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16/8/2019
Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy ConsultationThumbnail for article : Highland Council Launches Visitor Levy Consultation
Highland Council today (15 August 2019) launched a consultation on a potential Highland Transient Visitor Levy.   The Council has not yet made a decision on whether to implement a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL), also known as a Tourist Tax.  
13/8/2019
Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, CaithnessThumbnail for article : Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, Caithness
The Highland Council is warning the public of the presence of an algal bloom at Loch Watten, Caithness, following an examination of sample water on Monday (12/08/19).   As a precautionary measure, environmental health have posted notices next to the water body, warning that contact with the algal scum or material should be avoided.  
13/8/2019
Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring TechnologyThumbnail for article : Iot Scotland Welcomes First Customer As The Highland Council Introduces Transformational Water Monitoring Technology
IoT Scotland has welcomed its first customer after The Highland Council selected the open access network to provide IoT connectivity for an innovative and transformational water monitoring contract.   The Highland Council awarded a three-year contract to Dundee-based IoT Scotland partner M2M Cloud to roll out their Neptune water-monitoring sensor technology to over one hundred buildings across their estate.  
13/8/2019
National Award for local Trading Standards InvestigatorThumbnail for article : National Award for local Trading Standards Investigator
An officer in the Highland Council's Trading Standards team has won a UK award for her work on anti-counterfeiting and protecting consumers.   Lynn Foster was presented with the Dave Hankinson Memorial Award for Individual Excellence by Phil Lewis, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).  
9/8/2019
Council makes appeal for information on effects of climate change
The Highland Council, in partnership with Adaptation Scotland, have launched a survey asking local communities and businesses to share their experiences about how they have been affected by severe weather and climate change over the past few years.   While the impacts of climate change and extreme weather are already being felt across the Highlands, from damage to infrastructure, to disruption of vital services and a shift in growing seasons, more information is needed about how local communities and businesses are being affected.  
6/8/2019
Highland pupils achieve excellent resultsThumbnail for article : Highland pupils achieve excellent results
Highland S4 pupils have recorded excellent levels of National 5 awards with 45% pupils in S5 achieving 5 National 5s - an increase of 6% since 2015 and an increase of 2.5 % compared to last year.   There has also been a significant increase (8%) in the number of passes in Higher English - 94% passed this year compared to 86% last year.  
24/7/2019
Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland CouncilThumbnail for article : Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland Council
As part of The Highland Council's re-design, the Council has made three appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer.   Taking up appointment on 13 August 2019 is Liz Denovan , Executive Chief Officer - Resources and Finance; Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer - Customer and Communities takes up post in September and Lesley Weber starts on 25 September as Executive Chief Officer - Health and Social Care.  
12/7/2019
Public advised to avoid eating Shellfish from Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area
Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Glencoul, Kylesku area.   Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
4/7/2019
Public advised to avoid eating Shellfish from Loch Eishort and Loch Slappin, Isle of Skye
Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring in coastal waters at Loch Eishort.   Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.  
1/7/2019
School Holiday Meals For Children
Funding for food and activities during the summer break.   More children and young people will benefit from a nutritious meal and a place to play this summer holiday.  
28/6/2019
Discontinuation of education provision at Altnaharra Primary School
At a meeting of The Highland Council on Thursday 27 June 2019, Councillors decided to discontinue the provision of education at Altnaharra Primary School, dividing its catchment area between Tongue Primary, Farr Primary and Lairg Primary schools.   A copy of the consultation report, together with the original proposal paper and all relevant appendices can be viewed on the Council's website at: www.highland.gov.uk/schoolconsultations The Council is satisfied that implementation of closure is the most appropriate response to the reasons for formulating the original proposal identified by the authority.  
27/6/2019
Highland Council Debt Highest Ever But Under Control
From highland council Meting today 27 June 2019.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What are the current best estimates for present total Highland Council debt and the annual financial commitment required to service this debt?".  
27/6/2019
Councillor Struan Mackie Questions Delays on Thurso Asset Transfer
Councillor Mackie had a written question at today's meeting of Highland council.   Item 12 - Question Time To the Chair of the Environment, Development & Infrastructure Committee "Official Highland Council guidance indicates that, unless extended, successful Community Asset Transfer requests should be completed by the Local Authority within a nine months' timeframe.  
27/6/2019
Why Is Suicide So High In Highland - Research to inform suicide prevention
Suicide prevention is a key priority for The Highland Council.   Members have agreed today, to take forward a piece of research with partners including NHS Highland and Police Scotland, to better understand the current evidence base and experience of suicide in Highland.  
27/6/2019
Counselling Service approved as part of range of wellbeing measures
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors has been approved by the Council as part of a range of measures to improve wellbeing.   An Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members will be put in place to offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.  
27/6/2019
Highland Council supports UK Air Passenger Duty exemption for flights departing Highlands & Islands
Highland Councillors have unanimously agreed that the Council will support the continuation of the exemption from UK Air Passenger Duty for flights departing from airports in the Highlands & Islands; and Members also agreed that the Council will continue working with HiTRANS to present the case of the need for, and benefit arising from an exemption from the current UK Air Passenger Duty and any successor duty.   The Council's stance comes this week as calls have been made by Aberdeen Airport for greater parity with Highlands & Islands.  
27/6/2019
Council to have public question time at future meetings
"Highland Council as agreed to allow a question time for members of the public at future Council meetings.   The motion was presented by Depute Leader Cllr Alasdair Christie and means that from December 2019, Highland Council meetings will include a time allocation for questions from members of the public.  
26/6/2019
Road closures in Sutherland and Ross-shire
Several road closures are required for Network Rail, British Telecom and Muir of Ord Gala.   Network Rail maintenance works will require the U3103 Dunrobin Glen Road for 100m either side of Golspie Tower Rail Bridge to be closed from 08:00 on Monday 01/07/2019 until 22:00 on Wednesday 10/07/2019 To avoid the road closure an alternative route will be available via - U3116 Sibell Road, A9 Trunk Road, U3140 Nursery Road and the U3166 Backies Road.  
26/6/2019
Substantial Budget Savings Already Achieved By Highland Council
Two thirds of agreed savings have already been achieved to date since the Highland Council set its budget in February 2019.   On 14 February 2019 the Council approved its budget strategy and Change Programme "A Sustainable Highland" based around 4 themes: Making the Council More Efficient; Commercialism and Income Generation; Redesign and Improvement; and A Flexible and Well Managed Workforce, to deliver £37.456m of savings over the next three years.  
25/6/2019
Dlite-ful Graduation 2019 - New TeachersThumbnail for article : Dlite-ful Graduation 2019 - New Teachers
Saturday 22nd June 2019 was the Highland celebration event for Highland Council's newest DLITE PGDE graduates.   Fifteen students have graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) course, with ten of them present for the celebration.